Jonathan Walker will take over showrunning duties from Neil LaBute, who was recently announced as the showrunner for Netflix’s The I-Land. LaBute will still be involved with Van Helsing, even penning three scripts for the new season.
“Having been in the writing room on Van Helsing since season one I’m excited to take the reins as showrunner from Neil LaBute,” Walker said in a statement. “Season four will delve deeper into the iconic lore of the vampires and their ultimate goals for this world. New villains will rise along with unexpected heroes joining the fight. We have a fantastic build planned for this season and I’m thrilled to share it with our dedicated fans.” Van Helsing‘s third season finale airs Friday, Dec. 28 at 10/9c.
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